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Michelle Bachman: 2012 Presidential Candidate’s Links to Trying to “Convert” Gays and Lesbians

July 21, 2011
NASHUA, NH - MARCH 12: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachm...

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Michelle Bachman is in the news a lot right now, not just for her candidacy and what it means for America, but because she is the voice of a lot of far-right reaching “Christians” who have decided that the best way to run America is by being intolerant and keeping all the government money for their own institutions, like “restoring marriage,” and preserving gun ownership, not to mention the great institutions of capital buy-outs from big businesses.  She has also come under a lot of fire for her husband’s counseling business that participates in “conversion therapy,” or some such devilry that consists of trying to tell people of homosexual orientation that they can change to heterosexual orientation.  Please note that “conversion therapy” was listed as a form of persecution by a 1997 US District Appeals Court, which granted a Russian woman political asylum after her arrests in Russia and their attempts at “conversion therapy” left her scared and seeking to stay on US soil.

While Bachmann’s husband undoubtedly doesn’t practice conversion therapy that would earn his patients the term “persecuted,” it has brought the focus onto Bachmann herself:  just what does she think of conversion therapy?

Marcus Bachmann, the husband of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, defended his Christian counseling business over accusations it uses a controversial therapy that encourages homosexual patients to change their sexual orientation.

In an interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune published Friday, Bachmann did not deny that he or other counselors at his clinic used the technique, but said they only did so at the request of a patient.

“Will I address it? Certainly we’ll talk about,” Bachmann said. “Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? … It is at the client’s discretion.”

The American Psychological Association has said there is “insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation.”…

When asked about the undercover video released to CNN by “Truth Wins Out,” a gay rights group, that showed a potential patient being told he could become heterosexual, Bachmann said someone must have doctored the recording.

“This individual came to us under a false pretense,” Bachmann said. “The truth of the matter is he specifically asked for help.”

The clinic run by the Congresswoman has received government funding for the clinic, and Bachmann has refused to talk about “reparative therapy,”

Actor Glen Shaddix speaks out about “therapy” to overcome homosexual “tendencies,” which led him to an overdose that ended in a 3-day coma.

Michelle Bachmann has also signed

Last week Michele Bachmann signed her name to “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family” pledge created by the ultra-conservative group, The Family Leader. Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and four other GOP candidates refused to sign the pledge.

HRC says Bachmann has now aligned herself with the falsehood that being gay is a choice and dangerous to public health. The pledge cites a 1997 study from the International Journal of Epidemiology and presents the data in a way that claims nearly half of gay and bisexual men won’t reach the age of 65. The publication issued a statement years ago saying the data is regularly taken out of context by anti-gay groups.

Dr. Marcus Bachmann has called gays and lesbians “barbarians” who “need to be disciplined.” Though the doctor now suggests the audio tape was edited and he wasn’t talking about gays.

I suppose I can leave you with this clip, just because it made me laugh.  It’s worth it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jackie Tompkins permalink
    August 14, 2011 2:16 pm

    I am ashamed to be a resident of Minnesota and have to listen to Bachmann’s lies. Who does she think she is? She has done nothing as a congress woman and now she thinks she is the answer to our woes. She doesn’t know that she would be just a figurehead and that congress is the one that makes the rules. They have completely done away with the constitution and the Tea Party people think they are the answer to our woes. All they are is a bunch of kids that think they are smarter than anyone else and they don’t know a thing. When you get around to fixing the budget, leave my Social Security alone. That is my money for my retirement and quit giving it to foreigners who don’t speak English and have not worked a day in their lives in the U.S. Pray she doesn’t make it or some of us will try to find an island and not admit that we are from Minnesota.

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